Then all the skeptics will realize that the authentication layer HAD to come first – but was just a first step. Along the way we’ll figure out standards for user intrerface and usage flow.
But for now – the critics are right – OpenID as it stands right now is just authentication and that ain’t gonna rock nobodies world – except for Bard Fitzpatrick’s world – I guess.
It’s been a long time since I said identity management is the next big thing (and many of the names have changed since), but I stand by it. I also stand by the suggestion that blogs — user-driven technology — will drive it.